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Family loses home to fire

A two-alarm fire just before 7 a.m. Wednesday morning destroyed a home in the Kellyn Oaks subdivision off of SH 105 E.

Neighbors reported the fire at the house located at 212 Kellyn Oaks at Kellyn Court and told dispatchers a teen boy might be trapped inside. However, firefighters searched the residence and found no one. They later learned the teen was at a friend’s house.

The fire was already well underway when crews arrived and helped along by strong winds, it became a total loss, despite the efforts of Grangerland, Cut and Shoot and North Montgomery County fire departments.

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A mix-up sent fire trucks into adjacent Emerson Estates subdivision where an 8-foot wooden fence blocking a connecting road prevented easy access to the correct neighborhood. The residence belonged to Oak Ridge High School debate teacher Deanne Christensen, who already left for work when the fire started. Her 15-year-old daughter had also left for school, leaving only the family’s dog and cat inside. Both animals died in the fire. One firefighter sustained minor burns.

The Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire.

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